Bradley James rules out Merlin spin-off

News Louisa Mellor 3 Jan 2013 - 12:32

Merlin star Bradley James thinks it's time to "hang up the chain-mail" and won't be appearing in any Merlin spin-offs...

Aside from the fact that Merlin creators Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy wouldn't be involved (having left Shine TV for pastures new at the end of series five) little has been heard about the mooted spin-off for the BBC fantasy show.

Last last November, Broadcast reported that Shine was looking to develop a potential Merlin spin-off set in the same world and featuring characters from the Arthurian series, though if one of those characters is Arthur Pendragon, Bradley James won't be the man to play him.

Speaking to the LA Times, James confirmed that a spin-off "...was something discussed, but I think it’s time for me to hang up the chain mail, to be honest with you, and pass the mantle on to the next person who shall take on the throne of Arthur Pendragon. The post-Merlin era is an exciting time to look forward to… Variety is the spice of life. That’s the fantastic thing about acting is all the different challenges it can provide you with. To limit yourself just to one would be foolish, therefore I’m looking forward to different things that come my way."

Read our review of the Merlin finale, The Diamond of the Day (Part 2) here.

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